Milk and Honey

  • by Rupi Kaur
  • Narrated by Rupi Kaur
  • 1 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.
The audiobook is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes listeners through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

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Beautiful and Intense

This book offers an uncompromising perspective of the authors emotions - it is shockingly relatable.
It is a wildly beautiful and intense journey.
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- Britney

Not Good Poetry

I am trying to approach this review in an unbiased non-elitist way. I majored in creative writing and have been writing poetry my whole life, just like everybody else, but I don't want that experience to color my review here. And I want you to understand why this stuff gets me so worked up. So I will start with what I appreciate about Rupi Kaur's already famous collection.

She puts a lot of emotion into her narration, which I appreciate.

I find it incredibly impressive that she has leveraged such a voice out of her social media account, and has tapped into a nerve with a great number of people. I think it's because of the way that she presents her work. From what I understand her use of drawings alongside her short poems made them very popular on Instagram. That is a visionary approach, and one that poetry badly needs.

That's also kind of where I take issue with this though. Her poems are quite simply: nothing new. More often than not (90% of the time) they tap into cliched, hackneyed tropes and ideas about love - that most obliterated subject of poetry. Combined with the commercial success, and social media proliferation, of this work, it makes me feel like she is commercializing cheap work to very ill-effect.

She is a budding writer, so I won't go so far as to say that these are bad - I'm not sure I believe anyone's writing is bad as practice. She is just definitely still in the "budding" stage of writing poems, and yes it fills me some sort of resentment that this is so successful when there is SO MUCH great poetry out there. Like there is too much great poetry in the world, people need to chill with it for a second so I can catch up with it all.

While this may serve as an introduction to poetry-as-a-form for a lot of people, which is a great thing, it might also be serving as something as a bottleneck/blockade that is stopping real audience from finding poems with true merit.

I think ultimately what this collection proves is that poetry is a hard writing medium to really understand or appreciate without a lot of work and or patience.

These poems offer up known quantities, ideas that don't really need to be dissected but can be easily re-grammed without much thought or feeling.

At their best they pronounce caricatures of feminist ideals that (I know and agree these feminist sentiments need to be repeated as often as they can to whatever audience they can find) might do more harm than good, solely because of the airy-mysticism tone of voice they are delivered in that makes them so easy to ignore.



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- Michael - Audible

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-16-2016
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio